J-E, Westhill girls lax win sectional openers

Marcellus to face General Brown; Ludden gets Cazenovia

With the no. 2 seed in the Section III Class B girls lacrosse playoffs, Marcellus could sit back, relax and watch the first round unfold, finding out Saturday that it would face no. 7 seed General Brown in Tuesday night’s quarterfinals following the Lions’ 16-11 first-round win over no. 10 seed Cortland.

And it watched two other local sides win as no. 5 seed Westhill, getting its first post-season victory in four years, upended no. 12 seed Mexico 12-6, a day before no. 11 seed Jordan-Elbridge went to no. 6 seed Homer and smashed past the Trojans 12-5.

Despite its modest seed, J-E was battle-tested, and that paid off against Homer in a big way, the Eagles keeping pace during the first half and inching in front, 4-3, before blowing away the Trojans with a tremendous second-half effort on both sides.

Miranda Malvaso, with four goals and one assist, and Gabby Thorpe, with four assists, led the way as Marissa Malvaso scored four times. Emily Kuehnle and Antonia Malvaso both finished with two goals and one assist, while Alexis Fietta had the other goals and Katie Goodrich earned two assists.

Despite all the pressure Homer threw at her, J-E goalie Morgan Conroy had a tremendous effort, earning 16 saves as the Eagles advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinal against no. 3 seed South Jefferson.

Westhill, meanwhile, advanced to meet no. 4 seed LaFayette (who beat Vernon-Verona-Sherrill 21-1) by doubling up Mexico, building its winning margin during an 8-2 first half and then slowing things down to keep the Tigers from getting too close.

Haleigh Farrell, with three goals, was one of eight different Westhill players to find the net. Dana Radin scored twice, as did Lydia Gosson, with Shelby Stack and Sophie Dower each getting a goal and two assists. Natalie Jetter, Liz McAnaney and Jayanna Monds also scored. Ryann Laible added an assist. Goalie Morgan Hayes made five saves.

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